Saturday, 28 May 2016

REVIEW: Desire After Dark (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 15) by Marie Force



Tobias “Slim” Jackson has the perfect life as a pilot on Gansett Island in the summer and in Florida in the winter. He’s happiest when he’s in the air, or at least that was the case before last summer when he met Erin Barton, Gansett Island’s newest lighthouse keeper. Now he can’t seem to find his usual enthusiasm for flying, winter in the sunny South or anything that doesn’t include her.

Erin has been stuck on pause since she lost her twin brother. She’ll tell you herself that her life has been a hot mess since Toby died. After dropping out of law school, she’s flitted from one pointless job to another, existing rather than truly living. Then she comes to Gansett Island to take over as the new lighthouse keeper and meets Slim, who happens to share her beloved brother’s first name. That small coincidence is enough to convince Erin that she needs to spend more time with the dashing pilot—except for the fact that he’s spending the winter more than a thousand miles from her.

Now Slim’s come home to Gansett for the holidays and to hopefully pick up where he left off with Erin. He’s got twelve days before he’s due back in Florida to finish out the remainder of his winter obligations. A lot can happen in twelve days, but will it be enough to convince Erin that it’s time to start truly living again? Read Slim and Erin’s story and catch up with the rest of the Gansett Island cast in Desire After Dark!


This is a first Marie Force read for me. And how about that, I start with the latest in what appears to be an ongoing series. For someone who prefers to read in sequence, I suppose I’m making myself out to be a liar by starting on the 15th book (15th!) of the series. O well…

This is such a nice light easy read. You have more mature MCs who have had life experiences. Their emotions and thoughts felt real and relatable. Their relationship progressed nicely and realistically. Nothing felt off at all.

Because this is now the 15th book, there were tons of side characters that clearly had their own stories told in the previous books, and some of them were given pages. So it felt like I’m reading several epilogues to cap each of their stories or witness their lives after they got their HEAs. Either that, or I’m reading sorta’ a prologue or introduction to the future stories for some of them. There are so many couples it was a tad hard to keep track of all of them. It felt like being a last-minute invitee to a family reunion and you’re meeting everyone all at once. Nonetheless, a nice feeling to have still been invited, KWIM, to this fun party.

The interactions did not only feel real but also quite humorous, the kind of humor you witness among close friends and family, so that was quite heartwarming.

Overall, for me, it was a nice introduction to this world that Marie has created. Hopefully, I’ll have the chance to go back and read the others’ stories. I do own some of them. Now if only I can find more time… #bookwormproblems

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